New Japan Pro Wrestling
Destruction in Beppu
September 15, 2019
Beppu B-Con Plaza
Beppu, Oita, Japan

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Sometimes even the best companies will lay an egg and unfortunately this time it was New Japan’s turn. Most of this show was unbearingly boring. Therefore, this review will have a bit of a different format than normal as most of the matches were not worth talking about by themselves.

Young Lion Cup League Matches

  • Karl Fredericks (8) def. Yota Tsuji (2)
  • Shota Umino (8) defeats Alex Coughlin (4)

The show got off to a decent start with two hot Young Lions Cup matches. The YLC has helped spice up what has otherwise been a pretty dry undercards on this Destruction tour. The tournament seems to be building to a Fredricks vs. Umino final, which should be a pretty intriguing matchup. Clear,y New Japan thinks the world of both men and this could be a preview of an IWGP title match a couple of years down the line.

Undercard Tag Matches

  • Ren Narita, Ryusuke Taguchi, Yuji Nagata & Yuya Uemura def. Clark Connors, Manabu Nakanishi, Michael Richards & Toa Henare
  • Jushin Thunder Liger & Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) def. Suzuki-gun (DOUKI, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
  • BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, El Phantasmo, KENTA, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi) def. Birds Of Prey (Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay), Kota Ibushi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) def. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada & Rocky Romero)
  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) def. BULLET CLUB (Chase Owens & Jay White) (w/Gedo)

This part is where the show took a pretty big downturn. This amount of meaningless meandering tag matches just killed any momentum the show had. The only one worth watching was the Liger and Roppongi 3k vs Suzuki-gin match, as such it will be the only one I will talk about.

Suzuki vs Liger was the hottest feud in the company in the early part of the year. Then the G1 happened and the feud took a bit of a backseat, while Suzuki was built up on G1 undercards for his eventual challenge for the IWGP title at Royal Quest.

Now the feud is back and they did a wonderful job reviving it and seemingly building towards either to a hair vs. mask match or a return of Kishin Linger, which would be tremendous. One thing is for sure and that is that I can’t wait for their eventual singles match.

IWGP Tag Team Title Match
G.O.D. (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (w/Jado) (c) defeat CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI)

This match was absolutely awful. Tomohiro Ishii is one of the best wrestlers in the world and it takes a concussion or a tremendous effort in suckage. His match with KENTA at Royal Quest fell apart due to KENTA’s concussion so no fault there. Now I didn’t see anyone get injured in this match so that’s out the window. Nevertheless, we got an excruciatingly long and boring match. G.O.D. continues to be an exercise in frustration. They are capable of having great matches and haven proven so in the past, but most of the time their matches just tend to be meandering brawling interspersed with Bullet Club nonsense.

That really was the cherry on top of the steaming pile that was this match. After sitting through 20 minutes of just nothing we get KENTA running out for the distraction, which leads to a roll-up finish. That is stuff straight out of WWE’s playbook and only would have been worse if they had played KENTA’s music beforehand. Just a complete mess and I miss the days of the endless KES vs TenKoji series.

RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Title Match
Zack Sabre Jr. defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi ©

These two had a pretty good match just two weeks ago at Royal Quest. In general New Japan has gone into overdrive with this feud as this was their 5th singles match against each other this year and their third for the RevPro belt. This was arguably their least grapple heavy of their matches, but also my least favorite.

Now part of that probably has to do with the fact that I just had to sit through one of the worst shows I’ve watched all year, however, this match didn’t do a lot to get me back either. It is easily the best match on the show, it just wasn’t up to the standard of the rest of their matches this. I hope that this feud is over and we can move on to something else now. Just forgetting about this show might be the best thing to do.

Final Thoughts

This was the worst New Japan show of the year and it wasn’t close. The only things I can give a recommendation for are the tag involving Liger and Suzuki and the main event. Even then, they aren’t strong recommendations. Skip this show.